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An Example of Ableism in Atheism

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Cartoon of poorly-dressed man vs well-dressed man, described below.

Image: comparing a “crazy person” talking about alien mind control with a “moral pillar of society” talking about Christianity, both validating their beliefs with faith over evidence.
Text: This isn’t the truth. You wish it were, but it’s not. Stop deluding yourself. You know the “crazy person” [as depicted] lives in poverty to the point he can’t afford a sandwich, let alone proper healthcare. “The crazy person” lives in fear of the police and faces brutal treatment from most because they think he’s “lazy” and just doesn’t want to work. He’s treated like scum. “The Moral Pillar of Society” is just some jackass who wants to feel superior, just like the jackass who uses the misunderstood medical conditions of those who can’t defend themselves as an insult against those he doesn’t like and/or agree with.

(via Schizophrenic Queen on Facebook)

Written by The Nerd

July 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #25

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Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability?

No.

Have you (or do you personally know someone who has) felt out-of-place or limited your involvement with an atheist community because of disability-related situations?

Have seen PWDs [people with disabilities] obviously uncomfortable due to ableism

[Warning: slurs] Quotes from atheists denigrating people with autism, stories describing developmentally delayed as “man-child,” description of religion as a mental illness, use of “retarded” and “crazy/insane/lunatic/etc.” as insults, constant references to religious individuals as “lunatic” and “deluded,” etc.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

Definitely look for accessible buildings for any meetups, and make a point of calling out ableist language, both in the rules and just as individuals in general. It would be especially nice if prominent atheists would stop giving this language a pass, and especially stop USING IT THEMSELVES.

The above has been response #25 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

I know some people don’t get why “crazy” and it’s synonyms are a bad idea to use as slurs against people with dangerous supernatural beliefs. I didn’t get it myself. But then I heard person after person say “you know what? this hurts me”. And after a while, I couldn’t continue telling them that their pain didn’t matter to me, or that my liberal word choice mattered more than refraining from causing harm.

For further reading, I recommend this and this (especially the second).

Written by The Nerd

May 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm